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Subject:Let's Talk About Video Games
Time:06:07 pm
Alternatively, Why I Like Final Fantasy XII But Not Final Fantasy X.

One of the things about FFX is that Tidus is a moron. This is not news. The thing that really gets on my nerves, however, is that Tidus is a moron and the rest of the party doesn't care. Or doesn't notice. Either way, Tidus is a complete moron and he gets away with it.


In FFXII, Vaan is also a moron. And tactless. ("HEY FRAN how old are you," "Oh, like we didn't recognize you even though you're our princess!" "...I noticed.") However! The party actually gets irritated at him. Penelo tells him to grow up; Balthier tells him "Smooth;" Larsa says, "That was surprisingly rude;" Fran, Basch, and Ashe usually either respond sarcastically or just shake their heads. The point is, though, the party members react to Vaan similarly to how I'd expect people to react. He's an idiot and the other characters notice.


When you add in the fact that FFXII - so far as I've gotten, at least - hasn't had any truly irritating cutscenes - read: Tidus laughs, Yuna learns how to fly, anything else relating to Tidus and/or Yuna - and anyway, if I don't want to see it, I can hit skip scene, it rather avoids the main things I hated about FFX.

If only there was a version of FFXII with CTB. Or FFX with cutscene skip because I quite liked the gameplay; I just couldn't stand any of the characters except possibly Rikku.


I still want to shoot Vaan in the face. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't get significantly better since he's still an ass in Revenant Wings. I like the rest of the party! And Larsa, who is a guest often enough for him to count as part of the party as far as I'm concerned. I just... can't stand Vaan. Penelo doesn't deserve him, she really doesn't.

The only decent thing Vaan's done so far in FFXII and FFXII:RW that I've seen is hit Llyud when he's being apathetic and annoying. I quite like Llyud, but dude he needed to be slapped. Doesn't make Vaan any less of an ass, though.


ETA: Fran's ass has rather impressive jiggle physics.

ETA2: I have gotten farther in FFXII and Vaan is slightly less of an insufferable jerkass.
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saffire_persian
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Time:2008-01-01 03:01 am (UTC)
Ugh - the jiggle factor. Too much information, man.

I never thought of Vaan as an incredibly annoying character - Tidus beats him out of the water with that. But I also quite enjoyed Final Fantasy X, despite the fact many of the cutscenes were very cheesy in itself. I do love the FMV of Yuna doing the Sending thing. Anyway, FF XII = incredibly superior. Larsa, especially. Larsa is my hero, and he's fully playable in the new Japanese version that will never come stateside. Ahh well.
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surskitty
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Time:2008-01-01 04:52 am (UTC)
Hey, it's better than overactive jiggle physics where the chicks have boobs that bounce all over the place. It could be worse, 's what I'm saying. Also I am highly amused that they bothered.


Tidus is infinitely worse but I don't like Vaan, either. But at least the rest of the party doesn't like Vaan, either, so it works.

Yuna's fine if she's not talking. The Sending sequence is pretty cool, yeah. But then there's the sequence with Suteki da ne and that kind of evened it out. I do not want to see Tidus and Yuna making out while flying in a lake with bubbles. >|


FFXII is indeed infinitely superior! But I would've liked it if they had CTB instead of RTB. RTB's not bad but I just prefer CTB. :[

Larsa is playable in Zodiac Job System!? ; ;
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saffire_persian
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Time:2008-01-01 07:39 am (UTC)
Yes he is. He's my favorite character from pretty much every Final Fantasy I've played. Almost. He just has a good head on his shoulders and isn't annoying, Not to mention he gives unlimited healing potions .

Baltheir's awesome, too, though. >.>
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surskitty
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Time:2008-01-01 07:36 pm (UTC)
HI POTION
HI POTION
HI POTION


Larsa's pretty epic, yeah. 'tis a pity that he's usually not in your party....

Balthier is great.


Hey, do you know how you got past the five mandragora in the unofficial hunt? Because er currently it seems to be The Battle Where I Die Really Quickly.
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saffire_persian
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Time:2008-01-02 12:49 am (UTC)
Those stupid little [insert plural explicative here]? Those guys were annoying. What you want to do is kill off as many as you can in one go. At the start, they'll start running around like stupid little midget maniacs, but quite soon they should start to form this little line where they follow each other around. What you then want to do is target the middle one and unleash your Mist Knacks against the stupid things, and hope you get a good wide-area mistknack following you attack. Depending on your level, that should help wipe out some of the little monsters. If you want, you could try bringing in the reserve party and mistknacking again.

Otherwise, once that wide area thing is done, you want to go after them singly and kill-kill-kill. If you have Dispel or Slow or whatever the magic is, use that on the really fast ones, and hack away. Once you've got them alone and are healing properly, they tend to go down fast enough--though those annoying little buggers took me a long time to beat the first time. Stupid little rats.
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surskitty
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Time:2008-01-02 12:51 am (UTC)
Will try it!

although I am not very good at quickening chains :p
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saffire_persian
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Time:2008-01-02 01:29 am (UTC)
Nor am I. >.> I suck at them.
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